Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Later Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
237°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 237, Later Issues2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b), 2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b)2c Carmine Lake, Ty. I (634b). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, mathematically perfect centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT IN THE CARMINE LAKE SHADE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $2,000.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. The next-highest grade in any category is a 95.

425
3,750
238
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 238, Later Issues10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679), 10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679)10c Nebr. Ovpt. (679). Mint N.H., mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, intense shade and impression, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT NEBR. OVERPRINT HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

With 2011 P.S.A.G. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,175.00 as 98). This is the highest grade possible and the only example to achieve this grade.

200
2,400
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239°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 239, Later Issues2c Dark Lake & Black (703b), 2c Dark Lake & Black (703b)2c Dark Lake & Black (703b). Mint N.H. top right corner double plate no. block of ten, natural s.e. at left, deep rich colors, few trivial natural gum skips

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE TOP DOUBLE PLATE NUMBER POSITION BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 2-CENT YORKTOWN IN THE DARK LAKE SHADE.

Scott Retail as plate block of four and six singles

8,000
4,000
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240°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 240, Later Issues$1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b), $1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b)$1.00 Presidential, USIR Wmk. (832b). Mint N.H. top left corner double plate no., double "TOP" and double "$1.00" block of 20, clear watermark, bright colors, few tiny natural gum skips

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF 20 OF THE $1.00 PRESIDENTIAL WITH "USIR" WATERMARK.

Scarce as such a large multiple.

4,940
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241°
TC
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 241, Later Issues3c Bright Purple, Iwo Jima Large Die Trial Color Proof (929TC1ae), 3c Bright Purple, Iwo Jima Large Die Trial Color Proof (929TC1ae)3c Bright Purple, Iwo Jima Large Die Trial Color Proof (929TC1ae). On 149 x 201mm card with full die sinkage, deep rich color, blue "868079A" control no. on back, with red "MODELING" and purple "Return to designing room" backstamps, pencil notation "6/25" and "1150" on back

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE IWO JIMA ISSUE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE KNOWN.

While listed in Scott as a trial color proof, this is actually the original die proof, submitted for approval in the purple color, for the stamp that was hastily prepared for issue in July 1945 before the surrender of Japan. The Iwo Jima stamp honors the U.S. Marine Corps and the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, and was modeled after the iconic Feb. 23, 1945 photograph by Joe Rosenthal. However, based on objections of the Marine Corps the color for the issued stamp was changed to Yellow Green. This is the finest and the only full-size die-sunk example of the three recorded by Essay and Proof specialist James Lee. This is arguably the most important armed services proof of the Second World War.

2,300
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242
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 242, Later Issues$1.00 Candle Holder, Intaglio Brown Color Inverted (1610c), $1.00 Candle Holder, Intaglio Brown Color Inverted (1610c)$1.00 Candle Holder, Intaglio Brown Color Inverted (1610c). Mint N.H., fresh colors and well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS POPULAR MODERN ERROR -- THE C.I.A. INVERT.

Popularly called the "C.I.A. Invert", a single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They noticed the error, pooled together funds to buy a replacement sheet and kept the pane for themselves. When it was discovered who had purchased the stamps, a scandal ensued over who actually owned the stamps. Of the pane of 100, only 93 sound examples reached collectors.

Ex Hoffman. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ)

18,000
12,500
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